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Mora Mediocrity: UCLA Football Coach Jim Mora Responds to Banners Calling For His Ouster

Bruin QB Josh Rosen also responded by saying fans should talk to the AD themselves.

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The messages before the game were heard loud and clear, at least by UCLA Football Coach Jim Mora, who responded to a question about the banners that flew over the Rose Bowl before yesterday’s game.

“Of course, I saw them. We all saw them,” Mora said. “It’s great to have passionate fans. I can assure everybody that our team and our staff and our administration and everybody at UCLA is just as passionate and working just as hard to make everybody that’s a UCLA Bruin fan proud.”

Here’s Mora’s full post-game press conference, courtesy of Jeff Siegel.

Meanwhile, Mora’s QB Josh Rosen virtually ensured that Dan Guerrero’s phone will ring off the hook this week when he offered his thoughts on the banners.

“I thought it was absurd,” Rosen said.

Rosen continued:

Parents of some kids on our team don’t make $30,000 in a year. To put that into a banner is absurd. Coach Mora went and climbed Kilimanjaro to raise money to dig wells for people in Africa to have clean water and I think one well might have been, like, $20,000 or something like that. It’s just absurd. It’s disrespectful. It’s disgusting. If you don’t think Coach Mora should be our coach, go talk to our AD yourself. Don’t publicly do something stupid that costs an unnecessary amount of money. That’s ridiculous. We love our coach. We’d all do anything for him and we know he’d do anything for us.

Here’s Rosen’s full postgame press conference, also courtesy of Jeff Siegel.

Well, Bruin fans, you heard him. Go talk to the AD yourself! Give Dan Guerrero a call this week. His office phone number is 310-206-6382.

Heck, you might as well take Josh’s comment to the next level. If you don’t think Dan Guerrero should be the Athletic Director any longer, give Gene Block a call this week. His office phone number is 310-825-2151.

And, when you call, be sure to tell whomever answers the phone that you’re taking Josh Rosen’s advice and you’d like to speak with Dan or Gene yourself!

If you’re actually able to get Dan or Gene on the phone, let us know here in the comments. And, if you’re not able to speak with them, make sure your voice gets heard in other ways.

Attendance Watch

Just 53,847 were on hand to watch last night’s game. That means UCLA’s average attendance for the season is now down to 57,195. That’s a 25.3% decrease from 2014 and a 15.2% drop since just last year.

How bad will the UC Berkeley be, especially if the Bruins lose to Southern Cal on Saturday? Stay tuned.

Go Bruins!